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Reaching the Hard-to-Reach Assistance for Rural Seniors

About this training: Rural seniors face unique circumstances that may impede their access to services that can help them remain healthy and economically secure. Yet a strong aging network with representation at the community level, coupled with advances in technology, are enabling more rural elders to connect with the assistance they need and ease their isolation.  During this webinar, participants will gain familiarity with:

  • Key demographic characteristics of the rural elderly population.
  • Online and community resources available to economically vulnerable seniors living in rural areas.


Brandy Bauer is Communications Manager for economic security at the National Council on Aging (NCOA), where she is responsible for gathering promising practices from the field, and managing publications and online communications related to benefits access and elder economic security. Brandy has over a decade of experience in communications related to improving access to services for vulnerable and marginalized populations, including in the health, humanitarian aid, and human rights sectors.

Dennis Dudley is an Aging Services Program Specialist with the US Health and Human Service Administration on Aging at the Region IX office in San Francisco, California. Dennis has over 35 years of experience in the Health and Human Service field dedicating 25 of them in the field of aging, and working primarily in rural areas of California. Dennis is currently the AoA State liaison to the States of Arizona and Nevada. Additionally, Dennis also participates as staff on behalf of AoA for the Office of Rural Health Policy’s National Advisory Committee for Rural Health and Human Services.